Hi, we're Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid from AMC's new series, Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, where we play Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt. The season finale premieres Sunday at 10pm or you can binge the full season now on AMC+.

We're here to answer your questions about vampires, New Orleans, or whatever else you can think of, so ask us anything!

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/ln8ISA5

Additional proof: https://twitter.com/Immortal_AMC/status/1591079128186245123

Edit: that's it from us, thank you for asking such great questions. We'll see you Sunday for the season finale of IWTV!

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Sam, what is your favorite weird Lestat fact? Mine is that he canonically loves Walmart.

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Mojo :)

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Jacob, what Raleigh Ritchie song Louis would dedicate to lestat?

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The Last Romance or Bloodsport '15 - JA (hi!)

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Were there ever any instances where you found playing these characters, especially in their darker moments, to be mentally taxing?

p.s. - We love you guys! Thank you for bringing such a beloved story to the screen again. The cast's dedication shines through in every episode, and I can't wait to see what more awaits! <3

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shooting at night for 6 months makes everyone go a little mad. SR

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Hi Jacob and Sam ~ Many of the scenes in the show are very emotionally demanding for even just a viewer of the series - as the ones actually having to embody and present such heavy emotions what’s it like to decompress after scenes like that? Is it taxing on yourselves as people or is it something you can simply switch off?

Congrats on your success! - Makayla

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It really helped having Sam there. We just went and sat on a bench and checked on each other. Without Sam I think I might have found it a lot harder. I also have a 2 year old - she doesn't want Louis De Pointe Du Lac in her house, so you have to switch it off. - JA

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Sam, how do you plan on beating the possessed by Lestat allegations?

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what would convince you? any tips? SR

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For both Sam and Jacob: What's your favorite Vampire Chronicles book and why?

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The Vampire Lestat. It feels like the moment the vampire world really cracks open and you meet all of the ancients. QOTD feels like an extention of that book so I love it too. I had a really fun time with The Tale of the Body Thief though. So my answer is 3 answers. - JA

I really like Queen of The Damned with all the introduction of the vampire history and the origins of Amel, the way she redefined the vampire context - SR

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Nope. I love him. Nope. - JA

Probably not. - SR

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Hello Sam and Jacob!! First of all, I LOVED your performances as Lestat and Louis and I’m so excited for season 2!!
In the meantime, I try to entertain the fandom with my No Context Lestat de Lioncourt account (twitter, instagram and youtube) where I post my Lestat and Louis edits and memes. I would love to hear your thoughts on it :)
My question is, did either of you have a kind of 'ritual' to get into the character?
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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Ive seen your page!! Thank you, I think we would get on.

no real ritual to be honest, the set, costumes and dialogue felt pretty transporting.


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I listened to music REALLY loudly in my trailer (sorry Sam) and it always helped. I have a Louis playlist. As the season went on and Louis goes into himself more, the song 'Scottie Pippen' by Mick Jenkins and serpentwithfeet could get me to a place. -JA

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For Sam and Jacob: outside your respective roles as Lestat and Louis, which character(s) in the Vampire Chronicles do you consider to be your favorite and why?

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Gabrielle is my favourite. She does her own thing, she's doesn't really mess with coven life and I can relate. I feel like she's also one of the few vampires that sees Vampirism as an opportunity to be what she always wanted to be and kind of succeeds.

I used to like Marius when you first meet him (after reading TVL) - he seemed like this sort of eccentric adventurer, but that changed as I kept reading. You know why... - JA

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ALSO ALSO - Akasha. I love Akasha. She has a point. #AKASHAWASRIGHT - JA

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I also love Gabrielle, digging her own graves every night - sleeping in the earth. my other quiet favourite is Santino; The history of the children of satan SR

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Hello 🤗

Adored both of y'all's performances in the show!

Q for Jacob - Was it difficult to switch back to natural after getting your hair conked in the show? I hope it didn't have any effect on your curl pattern!

Q for Sam - Is there any wild Lestat moment in the books you're hoping DOESN'T make it into the show? There's a certain scene in Memnoch where Lestat drinks blood out of...well...you know 👀 and that's one thing I'm hoping to never witness with my own two eyes lol.

Sending love and gratitude to both of you! Thanks for being our Louis and Lestat 💕

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That definitely a hectic moment. But to be fair that whole book is a hectic moment...SR

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it was difficult to move in the Raj/queen costume to be honest,

my favourite costume was the villain all black from ep 5. Unfortunately ....SR

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are there any chaotic or funny moments on set that you guys remember? <3

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Every moment was chaos and I wouldn't trade it for the world - JA

We swapped lenses once - that was pretty weird - SR

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Jacob, do you have a theory on why everyone in the vampire chronicles is head over heels for Louis?

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Ahem - JA

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Hello y'all!

To say I love this show is an understatement. It completely took over my life. This is not me asking for it back. It's yours now. You all earned it. I followed this project as a longtime fan of Jacob and all his many, many talents, but I've come away a huge fan of every one in the cast. I'm excited to follow the careers of everyone beyond the show!

This question is for Jacob and Sam: What scene or moment from this season did you surprise yourself the most as an actor?

Also, Jacob, as a writer who has had a lot of trouble being vulnerable in my life and in my writing, your music has given me the courage to be more honest creatively. It's also allowed me to have hope for more good brain days than bad brain days. Eventually. I'm not okay but I know I'm going to be, right? Just being able to say that is huge for me so I thank you endlessly for that.

Salivating for season 2 and hoping for a southeastern U.S. con appearance by the cast,


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This is lovely and I'm so happy you're giving yourself that. Giving yourself permission is a very powerful thing. Keep on. I believe in you.

The Confession in Episode 1 was something I was scared of, and I think in lots of ways I was trying too hard to do something and then discovered that the only way it was going to work was if I locked in and just forced myself to be honest with myself and let go. Basically stop trying so hard to do a performance. I found that scene really cathartic in the end. - JA

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im a huge vampire nerd so i want to know about how you feel about vampires as a literary devise throughout history and how they relate to these stories. vampires have always represented the “other” as in someone you can tell is different but you are not quite sure why , and you are still drawn to them . they are freeing and terrifying . throughout most of their portrayals in literature they have represented queerness , xenophobia, female sexuality, racism, and classism . and so much more. and thats why i love them. as an autistic queer person i relate a lot with feeling like a monster and feeling like you are looking in on something you are not going to ever be a part of. is this history of vampires in literature something you are aware of on set? how do you bring the history of vampires into your modern interpretation of them?

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I totally agree. I think for Lestat, He echos what you’re saying in ep 5. In the sky with louis. He feels deep down unworthy of love - and therefor continues to sabotage all the opportunities he has for it. If only he could see that he is loved. The Vampire is the outsider and reflect our own desires to be accepted. We all feel like outsiders at times, I think thats what drew me to them in the first place. so yes - always aware of their metaphors. lovely question. SR

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Sam, you really did a phenomenal job with helping us empathize with Lestat despite his awful and abusive behavior. How did you approach your performance to make sure that we saw all the nuances to Lestat's character and how his life shaped his actions during the show?

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I think AR does that, you empathise with these horrific monsters in the books. For me i just had to stick with him even when he was being the worst possible. which is not easy to be honest. He's a nightmare on legs. He gets a morbid satisfaction from being bad. somewhere deep down I do think he's operating from a place of love. obsessive psychotic love...but love none the less...its a challenge. SR

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Sam, I must know, the hop into the train with the ticket guy's head, improvised or not? Jacob, what would Louis' favorite book be, seeing as he's read zillions.

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I thought it would be right for Lestat to make that entrance as theatrical as possible...SR

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Bailey has mentioned she took Claudia's globe on set, how about you guys? did you take any souvenir from set? :)

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I have Louis' 1973 AMEX Card. I considered just keeping it in my wallet day to day - JA

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Sam, you seem to have developed such an encyclopedic knowledge & DEEP understanding of the characterizations & themes of the source material. Have you been able to work with the writers at all in this capacity?

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We talk with Rolin at lot about the show and where it's going. SR

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If Sam isn’t involved with the writers yet, I hope he will be!!

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Oh, he's trying - JA

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Hello Sam and Jacob!! I love your show! Here is my question: Sam and/or Jacob, what’s another interesting relationship (any kind) from the Vampire Chronicles besides the one of Louis and Lestat that you look forward to possibly portray in the show one day?

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I love the Devil's Minion chapter. Huge fan of Daniel and Armand's delirious little Night Island adventure. It feels like a deeply fucked up 90s Tom Hanks movie with more blenders and less folksy charm - JA

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Sam, is Lestat still considering becoming a rockstar vampire in the future? Or is he considering something else in this universe?

Jacob, how does it feel to be the most beautiful man on Earth playing the most beautiful vampire? The It Girl of the VC universe. The one everyone wants 😂

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Music / performing and Lestat are one and the same. He's going there... SR

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For you both: What has been the most difficult aspect (if there is any) about filming this season? What did you enjoy the most?

SAM: I just want to thank you for 2 of my favorite Lestat scenes. Episode 6 on the train you were hilariously terrifying and Episode 7 on the balcony at the ball you were absolutely heartbreaking. You were meant to be Lestat. I can't wait for season 2.

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thanks so much - I loved that balcony scene especially as it was all direct AR dialogue from the book but with the subtext of their relationship. It felt very special to do. SR

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Hi Sam, do you think Lestat would have gotten along with Freddie Mercury?

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💯 SR

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Circa 1985, Lestat describes himself a "Rock Superstar." If you could pick any interpretation of that in 2022, what would it be? Would he sound like any specific artist, have a certain look, a different genre? Thank you both xx

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love to hear you suggestions on this - what do you think? SR

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For Sam:

Do you agree that the 2022 version of rockstar Lestat would potentially be somewhere very close to the Måneskin frontman in terms both of musical style and aesthetics, or not?

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good idea SR

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To Sam: your performance as Lestat is SO incredible. some people have been saying they see a resemblance to Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in 'Mommie Dearest', have you seen the film? <3 (if not i recommend hehe)

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Lestat as Faye Dunawy as Joan Crawford... hahah. Everything is a show for Lestat


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Jacob, how amazing was it to be in the TARDIS?

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It blew a fuse in my mind - JA

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Sam, are you aware of the theory that you have been possessed by Lestat? Is he forcing you to keep the hair?

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should I cut it and find out? SR

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Sam!! As you used to read the Vampire Chronicle books as a fan (BEFORE the amc show) did you ever picture yourself as Lestat as you were reading?? Because you fit his description perfectly and needless to say you were BORN to play him. Lestat is such a beloved character and it’s so obvious that you are literally him!!!😂❤️

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I think just reading a book you do that, in some way....put yourself in the mind of the fictional character. But it wasn't until I got the part that i started to try and work out how I was going to portray him. i was very nervous about doing him justice as i know he's very important to a lot of people... So to hear this is wonderful and I feel so grateful to you all. Thank you for the support of the show, we are making it for you. SR

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Jacob, your music has inspired me and helped me greatly.

I know this isn’t about the show, but any chance you could give some news on possible new music?

Much love,

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I'm glad it helped. Thank you. I'll most likely start something over the Winter. Prime sadboi season - JA

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To Jacob: can you share one song from your Louis playlist? <3

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I'll share the playlist, I can't pick ONE - JA

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I am really enjoying listening to the IWTV soundtrack. Especially
the song ‘Come to me.’ Sam, how were you given this opportunity to sing? Was it
part of the role auditioning or something offered to you ad hoc?

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it wasn't part of the auditioning - but Rolin and i talked very early on about the importance of Lestat singing - he's got to sing... SR

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Hello 👋 Jacob, I would like to know, if you could meet Louis, what would you like to tell him?

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Oh! And for both of you:

How you do think your characters would have reacted to The Wizard of Oz film, since it came out in 1939!?

  • Heather

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probably found a kindred spirit in the wicked witch. SR

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Hi guys! Sam, who would be your dream cast for Lestat’s mother (Gabrielle De Lioncourt)? If you could pick anyone? Thanks, love you!

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I'm jumping in here - Monica Belucci - JA

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For Sam: You were a part of two my absolute favorite shows of the year (I'm in the US so The Newsreader came out this year for me) and I love Dale and Lestat in equal measure. Do you think those two roles have any similarities that drew you to them? Or is part of the attraction how different they are?

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Thanks! I don't think there are very similar at all, which is part of the attraction for me - but I do like to think Dale read the vampire chronicles. SR

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Hello guys! I've finished watching the season this week and it's living in my mind rent free since. I don't think I've ever seen a pilot as good, congrats to all of the team!
My question for Jacob: did you find your experience as Louis (and all his iterations considering human, Lestat-era, 80s and present) inspiring for you in terms of songwriting, or were you able to take some of your songs as inspiration somehow to build his character? I say this bc some of your tunes legit feel like they're talking to the character somehow, which is funny when you consider you wrote them before playing the part.
My question for Sam: how, as an actor and a fan of the books, do you react to people asking if you're possessed by Lestat? Do you laugh or do you think "well, it's an issue considering I'm human and Lestat is a blood thirsty immortal"?
And, at last, a request for the kind souls of AMC: Please, drop Antoinette's version of Come To Me. We all want to hear in full what made Louis swim the Mississippi. Thanks!

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I think Lestat lives in a lot of peoples minds, and thats a credit to AR and her beautifully insane books. I hope that the show sends people back to the books and he can continue to do so. its a credit to her work that people feel that he's real. which is a terrifying thought TBH. SR

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I think it's the other way around for me. My songs are me. I only write about what i'm feeling when I write them. I think because of who I am and how I express who I am, I felt like I really understood what this story was/these characters are. I felt very connected to Louis instantly and it was initially a little confronting, it felt someone jammed a mirror into my face - JA

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For me, Lestat was one of my first Bisexual icons, I discovered him around 12 years ago, and I have to ask how important is it to you (Sam) that you portray this aspect of Lestat correctly?

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It's very important. It wouldn't be Lestat otherwise. SR

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what was it like working with Eric bogosian??

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I love that man so much. He's one of the greatest storytellers of all time and very dry and very funny but also just a fun person to spend time with. Best person to have at a dinner party no doubt - JA

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To Jacob and/or Sam: where were you or what were you doing when you received the news that you got the part? <3

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I was waking up. I got a text from Rolin that just said "Mr. De Pointe Du Lac?" - JA

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For Jacob and Sam. What's your favorite thing about working with Bailey Bass?

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her enthusiasm and dedication. she's a sweetheart. SR

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Sam: What was the hardest scene for you to do either physically or emotionally?

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dragging louis in ep 5. I struggled that day. SR

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The blood that you guys drink... what is it? 👀

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there are lots of different types. if you have to drink a lot they make it taste better by adding flavours, but its mostly corn syrup and food colouring. very sugary. SR

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Sam and Jacob, wich character from The Vampire Chronicles are you most excited to enter the AMC Immortal Universe?

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Gabrielle SR

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Much love to the both of you!

Jacob: If you had the power to control where Louis ends up at the end of the series, what would be his ideal ending for you? What does your wife think of the show?

Sam: We all saw that during the finale you were crying in the um....cutting of the cord scene....how much of that was Lestat and how much of it was it just you being in the moment?


  • Heather

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I would love Louis to get his little house and his garden in NOLA, sitting in his musty chair with a book. Also, THERAPY. - JA

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mix of the two I'd say! SR

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What was the first scene you filmed together?

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Lestat confiding that loneliness is his biggest fear. Everything in the Opera House was the first day - JA

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when they first meet at the fairplay SR

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Jacob was right... it was the opera. my bad... SR

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Hello love the show and you both are my favorite Louis and Lestat. My question is to Sam how would you describe Lestat’s and Antoinette’s relationship, what does she represent to him?

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she is Lestats answer to feeling threatened by louis' disgust in him. Its awful but I think he needs her to feel wanted. SR

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Well, that’s sad. :( I was thinking it was to have someone “on his side” vs Louis & Claudia. But, that makes sense.

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it's definitely that too. SR

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Hello guys. I've enjoyed watching the show so so much. And your interviews are always fun to watch.

Here are a few questions about the show:

What's your favorite costume?

What's your favorite scene (either to shoot or to watch)?

Did any of you ever got your fingers caught in the coffins?

...and in general:

Any book or show recommendations (besides the Vampire Chronicles)?

I wish you all the best of luck in season 2 :)

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Sam got locked in his coffin once. Everyone except me and one of our boom operators, Connor stayed with him. It was actually pretty funny hearing him saying "guys? ... guys?" from inside. - JA

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Which was more fun to wear: the contacts, the fangs or the nails?

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fangs SR

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Hello Jacob and Sam!!! A question for the both of you. If you had the chance to talk to Louis and Lestat, what's one piece of advice you would give them (both separately and as a couple)? And what character would you like to play if you weren't playing Louis and Lestat?

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Therapy, Louis. And playing Lestat in Raglan James' body bumping into things would be quite fun - JA

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people will like you more if you listen to them SR

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What was the hardest scene to film ?

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The church scene was definitely the hardest scene for me. It just has everything in it - It's like a perfect microcosm of everything that is yet to come. It felt like a real trial by fire - JA

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hey guys! my question is, how well do you think lestat would do on drag race? love you both

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he would probably kill all the competition and force a win SR

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if you were the therapist or close friend of your character, what is the 1st piece of advice you would give them?

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"Firstly, I'm SO glad you're here..." - JA

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To Jacob and/or Sam: do you have another favorite vampire character (not in iwtv) from any film or show?

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Dracula SR

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Which version? Have you watched Castlevania? It has another iconic blonde bi poly vampire king in it. (Alucard) I recommend it!

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Gary Oldman SR

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Hey again, besties! -Jacob: If the Devil's minion chapter has been your favourite so far, does that mean your favourite ship/couple is Daniel and Armand?

-Both: Did Louis say the whole truth this time or was his story altered again... perhaps manipulated by someone else?

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My favourite ship in the books is Louis and Lestat. I love when they meet up at the end and are just like "Wanna hang out?" "Sure. I hate you by the way" " I love you too". Daniel and Armand are just very enjoyable, because it's an entire mess. - JA

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To Jacob and Sam - what is the single most human element of your characters that you have been able to embrace and develop? P.S. Love the series SO very much. It's such an exciting convergence of talent, brilliance and admiration for the source material. Can't wait for Season 2!

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Louis' constant questioning of his own existence is very human. I can relate to it a lot. Nothing is just what it is. It's messy, it's occasionally torturous, mostly beautiful. I think it's actually helped me to embrace that about myself and have some compassion for my own over-thinking and anxiety. - JA

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Hey you guys!! -Jacob: Did you finished Merrick and if so, did you like the book? -Sam: What's your favourite thing about Lestat?

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I have complicated feelings about Merrick. I love a lot of the ideas in it. David Talbot is not my favourite character though. Merrick Mayfair is pretty awesome. I love my boy Louis, as always he needs a lot of therapy. I have complicated feelings about the book. It's always a good time with Ms. Rice though. - JA

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Jacob, which song of yours do you think Louis would love and listen to more often?

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I wish he would listen to Time In a Tree or Big and Scared, but I think he's more likely to listen to Pressure - JA

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First of all I want to thank you both for your gorgeous portrayal of these beloved character and your devotion to the story.

Then, I’d like to ask you both what drew you to the Anne Rice universe, especially Mr Reid who’s been a fan for so long.

And finally, Sam, are you as much of a dog person as Lestat is? :) Thank you!!

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I think Anne Rice just gets the human condition. I think on a personal level, she tapped into something about my particular neurosis that I found really comforting. There's a sense of hope and possibility and acceptance in the way these characters endure a lifetime and find ways to entertain or placate themselves. They don't always do the 'right' thing, but they pontificate on why they are the way they are and I think it's thrilling to read - JA

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yes I am - I have a blue heeler and she is my world.


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How much creative sway do you have over your characters / storyline / dialogue etc on the show? Do you collaborate with the show-runners or writers at all?

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Rolin is very open to discussing things. He's very transparent about what he's thinking and always opens the floor to you, but he (and the other writers) are so on top of their game, you don't really need to do much - JA

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Hi Sam and Jacob! I adore you both. What scene was the most fun to film in IWTV? Thanks

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As heavy as the scene was, I really enjoyed doing the falling stuff from the end of Episode 5. Spinning around on a sideways rig suspended 15 feet in the air. All my teenage moviemaking dreams came to life that day. - JA

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Hi Jacob! I've been your fan since GoT so when I saw that you were going to play Louis i felt so happy, i really love your music so my question is: Have you thought about making songs inspired by Louis and Lestat's relationship?

Sending you love from Argentina 💖

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If I did, it wouldn't be a Raleigh Ritchie record. I kind of love the idea of it though. But it would be very much in secret - JA

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what is your favorite vampire media other than the vampire chronicles?

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I have a soft spot for Vampire In Brooklyn. I think it's a lot of fun. There's also a film called Ganja and Hess that I would strongly recommend to anyone here - It's brilliant and thoughtful and kind of heartbreaking but also alluring and completely unique. - JA